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And the winner is. . .
16 October 2015

And the winner is. . .

 

The winner!

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Individual Education Plans or IEPs
05 October 2015

Individual Education Plans or IEPs

This week is Mental Illness Awareness Week, and a great time to think up one idea you could do to help eradicate the stigma associated with mental illness or to advocate for a friend or family member.

Twenty percent of youth ages 13-18 experience a mental health condition in a given year.     

Click the photo to read more about IEPs.

 

Just Finished
26 September 2015

Just Finished

There's so much great stuff in this book I'm going to write two posts about it.

First, I want to employ Dr. Siegel’s help to address a couple of questions I received on the Just Finished post I wrote about empathy and Paolina Milana’s book, The S Word. I provided the following definition from the NAMI Family To Family material:  Empathy is “The intimate comprehension of another person’s thoughts and feelings, without imposing our own judgment or expectations.” The questions were specifically related to judgment.

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Meet Dr. Insel, NIMH Director
31 August 2015

Meet Dr. Insel, NIMH Director

Tom Insel, M.D. is the Director of the Nation Institute of Mental Health. He's working to change the way we think about mental illness because changing the way we think about mental illness will change the way we treat it.

Click the photo to watch Dr. Insel's TED talk, read more about it and to read a few of my thoughts about labels.

A comment that moved me. . .
26 August 2015

A comment that moved me. . .

Shortly after I published my post entitled Before and After (read the full text here), I received a comment from my cousin, Evelyn. Her words are filled with painful honesty and truth, and I wanted to share them with you. I contacted her first, and she gave me permission. Click the photo to read her comment and my responses, one of which is below:

 

Helping Her Helps Me
11 August 2015

Helping Her Helps Me

Last week was a big week for me.

Click the photo to find out more. Part one.

My "haps" around social media pt. 2
10 August 2015

My "haps" around social media pt. 2

Jennie Nash, my editor and book coach, titled her Friday blog post last week, "What Bravery Looks Like In A Writer." I am so honored that her post was about me! I am working to embrace courage more often in my daily life (a lesson I learned from my lady crush, Brené Brown), but I didn't have much courage in regard to the piece I wrote (Helping Her Helps Me) because of the sensitive subject matter and because it involved my daughter. Jennie encouraged me to explore my reticence to attach my name to the essay, and to make sure I was making my decision for the right reasons. None of this would have happened without her, and I couldn't be more grateful.

To read more about my decision, click the photo.

Before and After
05 August 2015

Before and After

I learned this lesson the hard way a couple of years ago, and I learned it again in full force over the last month when the son of a woman I know jumped off a roof to his death; the next day, I learned about two more recent suicides that happened in families I know of. Most people don’t think about the decision to stay alive as a choice, we don’t consider the option to say, No, thanks to life, but some people do. These are the befores and afters that change everything.

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